Announcing Nicola Anthony as an elected member of Royal Society of Sculptors

This month I received the fabulous news that I have been formally elected as a member of The Royal Society of Sculptors. It is an honour to be part of this wonderful network of sculptors, a society with royal patronage which leads the conversation about sculpture today. The history of the society itself is really fascinating and has been a cornerstone of first the British art world and then the international art world, so I share a little insight below…

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Solo Exhibition at Singapore Art Museum: Private view

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In October 2017 there was a small intimate opening for supporters and collectors of Nicola Anthony’s artwork, at Singapore Art Museum.

To find out more about the artworks check out the video below. To see Nicola’s address during the official public opening at SAM, see the video here.

Revealing the inner worlds of people from different walks of life through stories gathered from the community, this two-part presentation at Singapore Art Museum by British artist Nicola Anthony explores the human condition and threads of commonalities despite our differences. The Human Archive Project focuses on disenfranchised communities and human stories in Singapore.

Nicola Anthony shortlisted for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2019

I am honoured to be shortlisted again for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize . The judging panel have selected my kinetic light sculpture which links the histories of Britain, Myanmar and Singapore, contrasting fortune and misfortune in the lives of migrant workers. 

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Finalists of The Sovereign Asian Art Prize Revealed

Press release: The Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) has announced the top 30 finalists of The 2019 Sovereign Asian Art Prize, the 15th edition of Asia’s most prestigious prize for contemporary artists.

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Rice by Eva - Inspired writing - Clockwork Moons

Carpe Art Journal features fiction, essays, reviews and personal anecdotes about art. The essay ‘Rice’ by Eva Wong Nava was inspired by one of the artworks in Nicola Anthony’s Clockwork Moon’s series. Clockwork Moons (Time Waits for No Migrant Man) triggered a childhood memory of loss and enlightenment prompting Eva to write this beautiful story. The story was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2018 by the Editor of Ariel Chart Magazine.

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Burning and weaving: Time-lapse of installation artwork

This video is about Area Clearance - an installation artwork made in 2018, paired with a poem of the same name by Marc Nair. The artwork and poem tackle the subject of genocide of the Rohingya tribe in Myanmar, featuring burned paper, prayer leaves, ash and coal to make an archway which visitors can step into. Showcased at Myanm/art Gallery, Yangon, in collaboration with Intersections Gallery Singapore.

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RES·O·NANT: a sound installation by Mischa Kuball, with 50 invited composers & sound artists

Composed of sounds from the sunrise birdsong in Yangon, Myanmar; blessing sparrows released into a Burmese Buddhist temple; the call to prayer at Shwedagon pagoda in Myanmar, the muezzin's dawn prayer in a mosque in Singapore, and the echoes of early morning street sounds collaged together from inside various caves and cavernous spaces.

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Saung featured in Artwork Focus

Suspended in mid-air, three delicate paper sculptures strike an ethereal image with intricate shadows cast on the wall behind. Boat-like in shape, with strings attached from the body to the elegantly curved neck, Humming History, Paper Notes, and Arpeggio by artist Nicola Anthony take as their inspiration the traditional court instrument of Burma (as Myanmar was known in ancient times): the saung, a harp carved from the root of a tree and strung with silk.

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Press Release: Intersection (Yangon)

Intersection is an exhibition of poetry and visual art by Singaporean poet Marc Nair and visual artist Nicola Anthony. The work maps an architecture of memory at the junction of three diverse cities: Yangon, London, and Singapore.

The exhibition is travelling to Yangon this March, and has been five years in the making. Both artists journeyed to each city to engage in field research, resulting in the initial body of work which debuted in 2017. Intersection, though, is a work in progress, and new work will be created on site at Myanm/art Gallery.

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Press Release: Nicola Anthony Shortlisted for Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2018

Contemporary British artist Nicola Anthony is very honoured to have been shortlisted as one of 30 finalists for the the 2018 Sovereign Asian Art Prize – the 14th edition of this prestigious prize for mid-career contemporary artists.

The selected artwork Human Archive Project (borders are a human construction), 2017, was made using stories gathered in Singapore and South East Asia, giving insight into 20 individuals who have left their homeland and loved ones behind to work here as construction workers and domestic workers.

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PART PRINT, PART SCULPTURE, PART DRAWING...

There was a moment which made my senses tingle as I saw the final print of this artwork emerge on its gorgeous paper, thanks to the printing experts at NPE Art Residency whilst I was artist-in-residence there. It is my first digital fine art print in a long time, (an exclusive edition of 15, available here). I want to share with you the journey of this artwork... 

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Time Flows With Endless Possibilities: A review of commissioned sculpture 'the Flow of Time'

This October, in addition to the Human Archive Project that is her solo exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum, contemporary artist Nicola Anthony had the opportunity to collaborate with fellow Yellow Ribbon Artist mentors Barry Yeow and Kim Whye Kee on a sculptural installation titled Flow of Time.

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KUALA LUMPUR BIENNALE 2017: sculpture at the National Art Gallery

Great soul is a sculpture created in 2014, which has been travelling the world ever since. It has been selected as part of the Field Trip Project exhibition, at KL Biennale.

There will be an artists and curators guided tour and collaboration workshop with KLSKETCHNATION on November 25th. The Biennale will be open until 30th March 2018... so do visit if you happen to come to Malaysia!

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Yellow Ribbon Project featured in Home Team News

Thank you to Home Team News Singapore, for featuring an article about the yellow Ribbon Art Exhibition - this exhibition featured awe inspiring works from our students and mentees, as well as a collaborative artwork by Barry Yeow, Kim Whye Kee and myself. See the original article here

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On Trust: Changi Women’s Prison Artist Mentor Programme (Yellow Ribbon Project)

Throughout my practice, I have been fascinated by people’s stories, social memory and oral history. There is a warmth and kinship in connecting with people, hearing their stories and knowing that it took a lot of courage to talk about painful or life-changing experiences close to their heart. To understand another person’s existence, their joys, fears and learnings, forms an inherent and essential part of my artistic approach. Which is why the opportunity to take on the role of a mentor in the Art Programme at Changi Women's Prison is both special and valuable to my creative development.

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Scents of Singapore: a new exhibition

Potpourri – a collection of artworks, which encapsulate the scents of Singapore

11 July 2017 at 7 pm //  until 10 September // Intersections Gallery, Singapore

The word Potpourri refers to a scented mixture of spices and dried flowers that is usually kept in  a decorative bowl or jar and used to perfume a room.

Potpourri also applies to a collection of seemingly unrelated items, to an unusual assortment.

Scents of Singapore brings together artworks  by a selection of artists using different mediums and metaphors to talk about Singapore history and identity.

This exhibition encompasses artworks by nine artists, Nicola Anthony, Eddie Botha, Kavita Issar Batra, Julayla Jallil, Helene Le Chatelier, Madame, Pang, Marc Nair, Tania Nasr.

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Saint Paul’s Survives: The burned ink painting of London’s iconic Cathedral

Today I will share with you an interesting historical fact (plus a couple of interesting tangents). It’s not a religious post but this happens to be about a Saint – St. Paul, whose feast day is today: 29th June.

Earlier this year I exhibited this artwork which features St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The artwork is a symbol of human survival, resilience and courage, as well as making a stand, and having faith in ourselves and others. As a point of intersection between Singapore and London, the former Supreme Court of Singapore which is now National Gallery Singapore is said to take inspiration from Christopher Wren’s dome design for St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Entitled Saint Pauls Survives (Ghosts of the past), this artwork is inspired by the photograph (also captioned ‘St. Pauls Survives’) published in newspapers after the night raid of 29/30 December 1940, the 114th night of the London Blitz of World War II.

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Talk by nicola anthony - with national arts council

How important is your portfolio? How do you get a foothold in the arts industry? What are the essentials needed to be an artist today?

Please join us at this free event, where I look forward to being a panel speaker & meeting many of you there. More info below.

Noise Mayhem: How To Make It! (In the Arts)
Sat 6 May 2017 | 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM Singapore | Register on Eventbrite

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